This unit takes a learner-focussed approach to studying and evaluating course design, specifically focusing on contemporary approaches to curriculum and assessment. Assessment strategies are introduced as an integral component of course and unit design that fosters student learning. Participants evaluate a variety of contemporary curriculum models and their relevance to specific cohorts and learning outcomes. The unit's social-constructivist instructional approach is focused on authentic experiential learning. Via technology moderated experiential opportunities, the unit offers a highly collaborative learning and assessment process. Through the unit's authentic assessment tasks, participants interrogate their own curriculum and assessment practices and propose evidence-based adjustments with consideration of implementation constraints and institutional settings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate curriculum designs to recommend approaches relevant to diverse learning needs;  
  2. Make connections between practice and current theories and research on curriculum development and assessment design to prepare recommendations for change;  
  3. Apply systematic curriculum design processes and principles of alignment to learning goals, teaching and learning activities, and assessment tasks for effective learning; and  
  4. Design assessment that identifies and reports student learning, provides feedback to students about their learning and informs further learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Peer feedback (500 words) 15%
Assignment Evidence-based curriculum recommendations (approximate word equivalence 1800 words) 35%
Portfolio Assessment portfolio with scholarly reflection justifying design (approximate word equivalence 2500 words) 50%

Required reading

Teaching for quality learning at university 4th ed
Biggs, J, & Tang, C 2011
Maiden Head: Open University Press/McGraw Press

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